Introduction to Medical Affairs

Learn about the fundamentals of successful Medical Affairs work

30 May 2024

On location


6,700 DKK ex VAT

(app. 901 EUR ex VAT)



This course will introduce you to key deliverables and stakeholder engagement within Medical Affairs in a pharmaceutical company.

The Medical Affairs role faces multiple opportunities in today’s rapidly changing environment. Being able to contribute with impact requires a profound understanding of critical success factors for Medical Affairs.

These include:

  • Meeting expectations from internal and external stakeholders
  • Demonstrating patient value in real-life settings based on relevant research and clinical data
  • Building true scientific leadership with a patient-oriented mindset.

At the course, experienced experts from a variety of pharma companies share their views on these success factors. In addition, you have the opportunity to apply what you learn when engaging in group sessions during the day.


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    • Medical Affairs
    • Megatrends in healthcare
    • Scientific leadership
    • Medical evidence generation
    • Cross-functional team-work

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    Course leader & lecturers

    • Palle Dahl
      Course leader
      Medical Innovation Director Nordics
      AstraZeneca A/S

    Is this course for you?

    Participate if you hold an MD or a Master’s degree in Natural or Health Sciences and are interested in pursuing a career in a pharmaceutical Medical Affairs role. If you are relatively new to the Medical Affairs role, this introductory course is also right for you.

    What you will learn

    1. Understand the key megatrends impacting current and future healthcare.
    2. Understand why and how Medical Affairs has become a strategically important function in pharma.
    3. Know the role and impact of Medical Affairs in a cross-functional team and towards key external stakeholders.
    4. Learn how to generate medical evidence with impact.
    5. Understand and apply key elements of scientific leadership.

    What your company will get

    1. An employee who understands the megatrends impacting current and future healthcare.
    2. An employee who understands the strategic importance of Medical Affairs.
    3. An employee who knows the role and impact of Medical Affairs in cross-functional teams and towards key external stakeholders.
    4. An employee who knows how to identify key data gaps and generate clinically impactful medical and/or scientific evidence.
    5. An employee who can apply key elements of scientific leadership.

    Course calendar

    30 May 2024 9:00-16:00
    • Introduction and learning objectives
    • Megatrends impacting healthcare
    • Medical Affairs: the third strategic pillar in pharma
    • The role of Medical Affairs in the cross-functional team
    • Generating medical evidence
    • Why and how scientific leadership is crucial for the Medical Affairs role
    • Workshop on how to drive scientific leadership
    • Wrap up
    Practical information


    Registration deadline
    23 May 2024
    Lersø Parkallé 101
    2100 København Ø
    30 May
    Sometimes things change. This is the expected programme.

    Course information


    Prior to the course you will get access to mandatory and optional readings via your personal Atrium log-in.
    Please familiarise yourself with mandatory readings before course start.


    Medical, Health or Natural sciences background or 0-3 years’ experience in pharma or healthcare.


    There is no examination for this course.

    Course leader

    Palle Dahl
    Medical Innovation Director Nordics
    AstraZeneca A/S

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